Gary Zauner

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Gary Zauner
Candid photograph of Zauner standing in front of Brian Billick on a football sideline wearing a black polo shirt and white baseball cap both of which bear the Baltimore Ravens logo
Zauner (front) and Ravens coach Brian Billick in 2003
Position: Placekicker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1950-11-02) November 2, 1950 (age 65)
Place of birth: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Career information
High school: Milwaukee (WI) Hamilton
College: Wisconsin–La Crosse
Career history
As coach:

Gary Zauner (born November 2, 1950) is an American football coach who most recently served as the special teams coordinator for the California Redwoods of the United Football League.[1]

Previously, he had coached 13 seasons in the National Football League (NFL) with the Minnesota Vikings, Baltimore Ravens and Arizona Cardinals. He has coached kickers for over 35 years in high school, college and the NFL. Further, he was a successful college kicker playing for the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse.

Zauner also operates a kicking consulting service located in Fountain Hills, Arizona.

Playing career[edit]

Zauner was a four-year letterman in football and baseball at University of Wisconsin–La Crosse (1968–72). He went to training camp as a punter with the Minnesota Vikings in 1973 and the Houston Oilers in 1974.

College coaching career[edit]

Zauner began his coaching career in 1979 at Brigham Young University under Head Coach LaVell Edwards. He became the first full-time special teams coach in the NCAA. At BYU he recruited punter/kicker Lee Johnson, a future fifth-round draft choice by the Houston Oilers in 1985.

He then moved to coach special teams at San Diego State for five seasons (1981–85) turning the Aztecs into one of the best special teams units in the nation. At SDSU, he helped to recruit current Redwoods defensive assistant coach and longtime NFL safety Robert Griffith.

Zauner spent the following three seasons (1987–89) at the University of New Mexico where he coached former NFL wide receiver Terance Mathis, who tied an NCAA season record (1989) for three touchdown’s on kickoff returns.

In 1990, Zauner was hired by George Allen to coach at Long Beach State for two seasons (1990–91).

Personal[edit]

Zauner attended Hamilton High School. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees in physical education from University of Wisconsin–La Crosse.

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